Code Cube is a wearable tech learning tool that offers teachers and students a true coding experience not based around a robot. Students can program the 64-pixel LED screen using block-based programming to create unique images, animations, and patterns. With the built-in accelerometer and sound output, students can design programs that play sounds or change sounds as they change position.
I sat down to visit with a teacher who did beta testing for the codeable wearable, Natalie Vanderbeck, to discuss her experience with Code Cube.
The Code Cube is designed for Grades 3-5 (ages 9-11), and it’s simple to get started. “The app is so easy to use that students just jump right in,” says Vanderbeck. In the beta classroom, students were able to start coding immediately. Just plug in the Code Cube and head over to the Code Cube app to start programming. After a short review and lesson, the students were able to head to their own computers and start programming.
The app doesn’t require any prior experience with coding. Be sure to check out our quick start guide on getting to know your Code Cube.
In the beta classroom, Mrs. Vanderbeck reported the students’ knowledge growing through the activities – even accomplishing more challenging coding such as if-then statements – within the first few sessions. The curriculum is flexible and provides coding definitions for more advanced learners.
Code Cube sparks creativity with its vibrant 64-pixel display; students can create whatever image they choose. While I was visiting the beta classroom, students went far beyond the pre-programmed images that Code Cube has. I saw zombies, crabs, Pokemon balls, Santas, and even the Grinch. According to Vanderbeck, the customizable display helps students “connect to their interests and, in turn, connect their interest to coding.” Through the Code Cube, students can create their own art and put the Art in STEAM education.
Simply load up the software on your browser, plug in your device, and get to coding using the drag-and-drop Blockly interface. When you’re satisfied with your 8 x 8 design for the LED screen – could be your favorite animal, emoji, or patterns – have animated it to your heart’s content, and customized its sound output, watch as your creativity comes to life, either on your wrist, as a keychain, or any other wearable you can imagine!
With the built-in accelerometer, learners can make the Code Cube react to movements. In the beta classroom, students programmed their Code Cubes with an American flag that would wave as students moved their arm. A fan-favorite is to use Code Cube to have a Rock, Paper, Scissors tournament. By moving their wrist in a specific direction, the competitors can initiate a specific image and bring the head-to-head game to life.
Code Cube is an innovative way to engage young learners with the basics of coding. Students can truly take control of the tech they wear through programming, and as one of the first wearable coding devices in the educational realm, it encourages students to embrace their imagination like never before. Purchasing the Code Cube for your kids, nieces, nephews, or grandkids also gives them free access to the activities.